August 24, 2012 Leave a comment
A FB friend posted this the other day and I was meaning to blog about it and forgot. But just this morning my son David brought up the fact that people are so scared of sharks despite the fact that there’s far more deadly animals. That led us to a nice conversation on the availability bias. Anyway, a sampling:
Sharks are kinda scary. In the water they’re faster than us, can appear from what seems like out of nowhere in an instant, and pack a pretty solid bite. It’s easy to get nervous when you’re in the dark ocean and unsure of who is swimming by with a toothy grin. But sharks aren’t the animals you should be most afraid of. Here are some that are much more likely to cause your demise…
22 people are killed in the US every year from these seemingly docile creatures. They’re fun to pet, but getting kicked in the head… not as fun…
53 people die each year in the US because of an allergic reaction from being stung.